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Vu dans Vogue: Candide Bag Release By Zadig & Voltaire

Article by Frank Cierpial

Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial

Each Fashion Week, I aways try to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I either try to add new pieces to my wardrobe, or I wear colors that I have never worn before, or I try to discover new brands.  Living in New York, I have had access to see a lot of brands but for many of them I have never even dared to go in the boutiques.  How I stayed away from Zadig & Voltaire as long as I did is a mystery to me till this very moment.

Zadig & Voltaire Paris

Now, here in Paris, I’m studying Fashion, but in America, I studied French Literature. I read Montesquieu, Baudelaire, Zola, Sartre, and I read Voltaire.  If you were wondering, Zadig & Volatire is a reference to the literary icons.  They are a trendy and quite edgy brand that helps to find a very chic Parisian medium between edge and elegance.  Continue reading Vu dans Vogue: Candide Bag Release By Zadig & Voltaire

Kodak Moments : Remember When…

Raise your hand if you remember when we used to bring our camera film to the photo shop to get developed. Remember when we didn’t know what the images looked like beforehand? Remember the excitement we had when we would go pick them up!?! Oh I do, I remember those magical moments of opening that Kodak envelope with baited breath, hoping the shots came out how we had hoped, and even if the pictures that didn’t come out great they were precious, because they expose and illustrate a moment in our lives that we find important enough to capture and print onto photo paper. Remember when paper pictures were all we had?!?


kodak moments photo prints

It’s important not to forget the importance of pictures, real paper pictures. It’s important to remember to make hard copies of those precious moments, our favorite moments, because pictures are more than just an image to « like » or comment on on facebook or instagram, pictures are all that’s left from fleeting moments that pass all too quickly. KODAK MOMENTS has a new tool that helps us keep those moments so easily, that it’s as simple as using a smartphone app.

(Free and easy giveaway below…)



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La Mode, Le Vin & Le Fromage

Article by Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial
Frank Cierpial
After a bit of hiatus from blogging, I am back.  Not only am I back, but I’m finally living in Paris and the inner Parisian in me that was always clawing his way out is in his own element for the very first time.  My classes at ESMOD start next week, which is so opportune because I was given the privildge that I always dreamt of which is brining all of you Paris Fashion Week.  Paris Fashion week is totally different from the Fashion Weeks that I experienced prior in New York.  Ici, Fashion lives. Here, fashion has a life of its own and Parisians, no matter what they do for a living, no matter who they are, and no matter whether they are fashionistas or not…all come together through the language that we all speak being: Fashion.
Fashion Prete Moi Paris
Photo : by Melissa Ladd
Parisian fashion really goes beyond the label.  I have seen H&M, Chanel, Longchamp, and Alexander McQueen walking down the streets of Paris today and all coexisting together.  I see scarves, denim shirts, plaid all being worn according to a person’s own taste and twist which makes it interesting.  It is a truly exciting time to be in Paris.  It is an exciting time to not be in school and able to go to fashion shows.

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Superflu is Super fun! : A Batignolles Boutique

Superflu, meaning : extra, not necessary, a splurge… Superflu in the Batignolles, emulates that little urge to splurge with a giant « S ». But when you take the time to really look around, everything seems so absolutely necessary! It is a boutique literally for the WHOLE family. Your chéri will not be bored while you browse jewelry, cute sneakers, home decor and fun nick-nacks because he will have his own nick-nacks and more to browse. And be warned if you have kids, you WILL end up having to purchase something to appease them. Everything is almost irresistible! The best gift shopping selection, and fun souvenirs you can find in this quarter of Paris is definitely at Supeflu.

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Passion France Souvenir Boutique : Made in France

My readers know I love anything and everything « Made in France », but you should know that it is an unofficial movement of sorts that is happening in this country, not just for luxury handbags and fashion, but for small things like perfumes, souvenirs, gifts, soda pop! and more.

Fonbelle is the French brand behind much of this movement. They have a partnership with the Eiffel tower and are adament about selling French made trinkets, souvenirs and gourmandises to the tourists. The worst thing ever is a souvenir from France but that is made in China. It just defeats the whole purpose of buying a souvenir from France!
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Galeries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery

Probably the chicest grocery store in Paris aside from La Grande Epicerie over at Le Bon Marché, the Galeries Lafayette saw a need in the very commercialized Grand Magasins quarter : a low count of grocery stores! So much fashion shopping and so little places to get your daily goods.

That has all changed now in this beautifully organized grocery boutique in the bottom floor of the Galeries Lafayette home department building on boulevard Haussmann. The displays beckon to you to pluck some of that juicy looking fruit, or fill a paper sachet full of nuts and grains, and the whole thing is surrounded on all sides (and above) by a massive food court with an extensive choice of restaurants and food stands with EVERY kind of cuisine you could hope for, ready and waiting for your order.
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Summer Perfume Promenade 2015

Articel written by Barbara de la Motte Sainte Pierre et Melissa Ladd

Last year we did a fun perfume promenade with our dear friend Barbara, and to uphold this new tradition tradition, made a point of continuing our perfume discoveries again this summer with a stroll around the rue de la Paix and Vendome area.

L’été dernier nous avons effectuer une promenade parfuméé avec note chère amie Barbara, et pour continuer dans cette nouvelle tradition nous avons insister pour en faire d’autres découvertes cette été en se promenant dans le quartier Vendôme rue de la Paix.
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A Very Sweet Suite @GHpalaisroyal

I returned with my Parisian pal Cédric to the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal recently, that gorgeous luxury hotel that is tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Paris, for more of that incredible lemon tarte, but also to get a very exclusive look into one of their top suites : Le Suite Palais Royal. And oh what a sweet suite it is. My eyes were wide with imagination as I snapped pictures of every corner I could of this tastefully decorated mini apartment that goes under the guise of a hotel suite. Think plush, soft comfort and a stellar view!
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Hemingway’s Paris by Robert Wheeler

I was sent a beautiful copy of Robert Wheelers’s hard copy book, Hemingway’s Paris to review for you readers. All you Paris lovers, romantics and dreamers will love this one. The book has this uncanny ability to bring you back a century, to a time when Paris had that slower paced, nostalgic feel to it a time before all of us were even concepts, a time where people lingered and spent time with books, and café terraces were for people watching (and not smartphone staring)… Robert Wheeler reminds us of that time through his photographs as well as his recount of anecdotes from Hemingways life as he leads us around the city, meandering at a gentle pace.

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